Lots of people in Los Angeles are making zines. They’re like these little arty books you can make for really cheap yourself, independently publishing a little creation to share. We recently found a funny one that you definitely should check out: the quarterly art and comedy zine, The Devastator.
The Devastator is the product of Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows, two comedy writers in Los Angeles who tie sharp parody, satire, and new comics together in a nice, colorful, fun package four times a year. They’re into their fourth zine now, which focuses on the world of Arcade, poking fun at gaming culture of past, present, and future. Running a little over fifty pages long, Arcade–like their previous Cats, Science Fiction, and Cartoons themed editions–is a fun run through these familiar culture worlds, sprinkling tons of funnies and bright comics throughout it.
And, speaking of comedy, the people who contribute aren’t just kids who write Knock Knock jokes. Instead, they are some of the city–and world’s–best and brightest in the field, gathering up contributors who’ve worked on The Simpson, Adult Swim, The Onion, McSweeney’s, Funny or Die, and many other hyper respectable comedy locales. The most recent edition includes contributors ranging from cartoonist James Kochalca to the video gamers behind the super silly, super great Super Meat Boy.
To get your hands on The Devastator, check out their online store here. And, be sure to read L.A. Zine Fest’s interview with Golden and Meadows.